9 Romantic Adults-Only Resorts Around the WorldBy Terry Ward
There’s a time and place for fabulous family travel. But unless you’re traveling with a nanny and splurging on separate accommodations, a romantic getaway is likely not it. If your goal is to enjoy time as a couple — and without distraction — a romantic adults-only resort is the way to go.
Whether you’re leaving the littles at home and stealing away just the two of you or you’re full-time footloose and kid-free (and looking to keep it that way on vacation), an adults-only resort makes sparking romance as easy as can be.
From adults-only enclaves tucked inside larger resorts to exclusively adults-only properties, these options fit the bill for built-in romance in spectacular locales.
As always, check for travel guidelines and closures before planning your trip.
Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu
Geared for guests 16 and older, Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu on the Greek isle of Corfu is set within an iconic building that once belonged to the Onassis family.
When it comes to selecting the ideal backdrop for a romantic stay, this luxurious seafront resort serves up options. Choose a room or suite with sea views and a Jacuzzi, or opt for a lavish waterfront one-bedroom villa with a private whirlpool set on a minimalist deck overlooking the Ionian Sea.
Renaissance Marina Hotel at Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort
Aruba’s rustling palms and gently lapping seas provide an intuitive soundtrack for tropical-themed romance. And when you stay at the adults-only Renaissance Marina Hotel — a hotel within a hotel that’s part of the Renaissance Wind Creek Aruba Resort — all of the airy, elegant rooms cater exclusively to the adults-only crowd.
Stroll beside flamingos on the property’s adults-only Flamingo Beach or slink out of the sun and into a cabana at Renaissance Island, a private escape just offshore that’s accessed by the hotel’s water taxi and exclusively for resort guests.
Sanctuary Cap Cana, a Luxury Collection Adult All-Inclusive Resort, Dominican Republic
Just 15 minutes after exiting Punta Cana International Airport and getting kissed by the tropical Caribbean sun you can find yourselves enveloped in one of the Dominican Republic’s most exclusive and adults-only all-inclusive resorts. Sanctuary Cap Cana greets guests with a bevy of luxurious suites at a sprawling property overlooking the sea.
Plan a romantic seafood dinner at the resort’s Blue Marlin restaurant, balanced atop stilts and overlooking the ocean; clink glasses to the backdrop of piano music at the lobby’s Love Bar; and steal away for a couples massage at the indulgent Sanctuary Spa. Time for just the two of you in posh surroundings strewn with palm trees is what this place delivers.
Paradise by Sirene Suites at JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
Marco Island’s sugar-spun sands, syrupy sunsets and Gulf of Mexico waters that stay balmy most of the year are the best makings of a romantic Florida beach vacation. And when you stay at the Paradise by Sirene Suites — an adults-only hideaway off on its own yet still within easy access of all the amenities of the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort — you can rest assured it will be a relaxing one.
The Balinese-inspired guest rooms and suites are for the 21-and-up crowd at this hotel within a hotel that ups the romance ante with a variety of activities, excursions, and food and drink options. Enjoy luxurious amenities like a dedicated lounge-style Champagne check-in, rooftop pool and sun deck for adults only, dedicated beach space, adults-only fitness center and beach butler at your service.
When you’re ready to venture into the greater resort, Kane Tiki Bar & Grill, set just back from the dunes, is idyllic for a sunset cocktail.
Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini
Washed in deep blues and sun-bleached whites with sapphire water all around, the Greek island of Santorini is redolent with romance down every winding alley. Stay overlooking the Aegean Sea at Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Santorini, carved right into the caldera cliffs, and it hardly gets more swoon-inducing.
Guests must be 14 and up to check into this exclusive hideaway with just 41 rooms and villas, panoramic views overlooking an active volcano, and two swimming pools where you can keep refreshed under the steamy Greek sun.
W Dubai – Mina Seyahi
It’s all about the seductive city and a setting to match it when you check in for romance here, from the resort’s infinity pool and split-level ocean deck to its rooftop supper club serving pan-Asian fare and open spaces throughout that invite guests to mix and mingle.
Tradewinds Club at Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
With a prime setting on Aruba’s legendary Palm Beach, the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino is one of the island’s most sought-after addresses for multigenerational vacation fun. But you can keep things adults-only and prime for romance when you check into the property’s exclusive Tradewinds Club, which has its own adults-only pool, a club lounge with complimentary snacks and a private beach.
Other perks geared toward vacationing grownups include a premium open bar in the evenings and complimentary light meals — with nary a wailing child in sight — offered five times a day in serene surroundings.
The House by Elegant Hotels – All-Inclusive, Adults Only
One of the best hideaway, adults-only, all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean, The House by Elegant Hotels in St. James, Barbados, makes a romantic trip to the West Indies all the more transporting.
Picture strolling the white sand beach together at sunrise and sunset, enjoying included water sports like stand-up paddleboarding or a rollicking tube ride, or hitting the resort’s cooking school or yoga class together. As relaxing or high-energy as you please, this is a vacation made just for you.
Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort – Adults Only
Make for the secluded-cove setting of Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia, an adults-only and all-inclusive option within the family-friendly Royalton Saint Lucia, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort. The resort is located on the island’s northern tip, and the script for letting the love shine plays out everywhere at the Hideaway.
For guests 18 and up only, the Hideaway has its own private restaurants and beachfront and hosts adults-only wine tastings, chocolate tastings and Champagne parties on the private Sky Terrace, another dedicated space exclusive to Hideaway guests.